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December 1, 2005

A Year in Reading: Golden Rule Jones 0


I asked Sam at Golden Rule Jones for the “best” book he read all year, and he came back with a literary biography that many were talking about this year (Scott, Bookish, Moorish) I don’t know about “best,” but the funniest, saddest, most interesting, and most (oddly) inspiring book I read this year was Jonathan […]

November 29, 2005

A Year in Reading: Pete Lit’s List 0


At the end of the year lots of newspapers and media outlets release “best of the year” lists. It’s nice to have a record of the year’s literary highlights, but the lists do not represent the experience of any real readers. Sure, we may read handful of brand new books each year, but these are […]

November 28, 2005

A Year in Reading: Three bests from Language Hat 0


Last year I asked a bunch of people, “what was the best book you read all year?” And throughout the month of December I posted the responses. Well, I’m doing it again this year and it looks to be even bigger and better. This time around, we’ll be hearing from authors, bloggers and readers. Our […]

December 18, 2004

On the Merits of Weschler 0


Brooklyn’s Doug Diesenhaus shares his favorite read of the year. Mr. Wilson’s Cabinet Of Wonder by Lawrence Weschler – In reading Mr. Wilson’s Cabinet of Wonder, I had an experience similar to the author’s sense of dislocation in observing his seductive subject, the Museum of Jurassic Technology in Los Angeles. He writes, “the visitor to […]

December 17, 2004

From One Foodie to Another 0


Edan Lepucki is extremely well-read, but she also has a not-so-secret passion for cookbooks. Thankfully she has decided to share the wealth with this guide to the year’s best. Over the past two years, my hobby for cooking food, (and then, eating it), has become a somewhat overwhelming passion. Now that I’m knee-deep in a […]

December 16, 2004

LBJ and Much More 0


Patrick Brown, one of my old bookstore compatriots, is now living in Iowa, a circumstance that affords him a lot of reading time. Here are his favorite reads of the year: Non-Fiction (and Best overall for the year): Means of Ascent: The Years of Lyndon Johnson, Vol. 2 by Robert Caro. This biography, which is […]

December 15, 2004

Booker Winner is Best 0


My good friend Garth, writer, rocker, and erstwhile purveyor of Hot Face wrote in with his favorite read of the year. The Line of Beauty by Alan Hollinghurst — Callow young aesthete Nick Guest is a devotee of late-period Henry James, whose style, he says, “conceals things and reveals things.” In Alan Hollinghurst’s portrait of […]

December 14, 2004

More from the Left Coast 0


Rodger Jacobs, author of the book Christopher Walken and the Tuna Fish Sandwich and Other L.A. Stories, shares with us the best books he read this year. Best books I’ve read this year? Well, I’m still going to stand behind Michelle Huneven’s Jamesland even though I had some minor quibbles with it. Next to that […]

December 13, 2004

Eight from a Bookseller 0


Lisa is a bookseller from Colorado whose eclectic tastes are appreciated here at The Millions. Non-FictionThe Elements of Lavishness: Letters of Sylvia Townsend Warner and William Maxwell 1938-1978: In this delightful volume English novelist Sylvia Townsend Warner and New Yorker editor William Maxwell’s relationship blossoms from professional correspondence to a deep friendship. The two never […]

December 11, 2004

AKA Dr. Srangelove 0


My good friend Derek is deep into his first year of law school. He reads not for pleasure but for salvation. Eight Secrets Top Exam Performance in Law School performance by ___ Whitebread: Yes, it’s depressing that a law school book with a cheesy name is one of my top books of the year but […]